15th Annual Mille Lacs Kite Crossing

Great event again! So much snow, bright sun, so many big smiles. Thanks to everyone who made this happen from the sponsors, to every rider, to the friends and family of riders, to the town of Garrison, to Fleet 8 and to the volunteers.

At the Award Ceremony I forgot to mention the amazing effort of Chad Dobson, Kendra Fjerstad, Palani Palapala , John Murry; without these four, we would not have raced, we would not have had a mark to turn around, we would not have been safe, we would not have gotten the awards off… Thank you guys!  

Great to so many riders from around the region, Neil Hutchinson coming all the way up from Florida, and the crew from Nebraska, the crew from Canada, and so many others. Thanks for making the journey and sharing your stoke.


Gold Patrick Levins  41:33  White Bear Lake, MN
Silver Peter Nierenhausen 1:04:20  Crosslake, MN
Bronze Nicholas Nierenhausen  1:38:08  Crosslake, MN

Baskin Tapkan photo

Womens Board
Gold Leah Hiniker 1:02:42 Minneapolis, MN

Baskin Tapkan photo

Womens Ski
Gold Chrissy Zorbitz 56:11 Duluth, MN


Baskin Tapkan photo

Mens Masters Board
Gold  Roland Rioux 53:19  Winnipeg, MB  Canada

Scott, Pavel, Robby Photo by Baskin Tapkan

Mens Master Ski
Gold Scott Systrup 42:34  Altona, WI
Silver Pavel Matousek 49:42  Sioux Lookout, ON Canada
Bronze Robbie Evans 51:05  Excelsior, MN

Jeremy, Nick, Justin Photo by Baskin Tapkan

Mens Board
Gold Jeremy Jones 38:47 Brainerd, MN
Silver Nick Ruchti  41:38  St. Cloud, MN
Bronze Justin Specht 44:38  Brainerd, MN

Eric, Dan, Matt Photo by Baskin Tapkan

Mens Ski
Gold Daniel Koenig 36:45  Winnipeg, MB Canada
Silver Eric Oppen 42:32  Spring Park, MN
Bronze Matt Resch 46:46 Shorewood, MN

Dave, Bryce, Mark Photo by Baskin Tapkan

Gold Dave Poitras 36:22 Winnipeg, MB Canada
Silver Bryce Johnson 37:28 Loveland, CO
Bronze Mark Dunsworth  37:56  White Bear Lake, MN

Congratulations to all those who took on the challenge of the the Crossing. All results as well as Start/Finish Line images go to GopherStateEvents.com

Thanks again to WildEarth Wood Fired Pizza for that insanely great pizza on the ice, sponsored by Slingshot and Dynamik Kiteboarding.  

I’m looking forward to continued dialog with the SKF1 crew and what they learn and develop in their races on Minnetonka.  

Big thanks to Mike Fox for 15 years of commitment and expertise putting on such a great event.  

Looking forward to next year.

See you in the wind.  

Great Video by John https://youtu.be/sYGNPs5N2XQ

Cover shot by Scott Chapman, Edina Realty.


About the author


Tighe Belden has been riding the wind for over 30 years. He has been active in the windsport community for over 3 decades, as an instructor, event coordinator, creator of Lakawa and now End of Session, and stokes people on the latest gear as a Tech Ambassador for Slingshot Sports.

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